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Jobs in Early Recovery

Early recovery can be strengthened through meaningful work. Continued recovery remains the top priority during this exciting time. Experience has taught us that jobs that support early recovery adhere to the following criteria: Daytime hours Regular hours (reliable and consistent) Alcohol-free work environment Regular pay W2 form issued Not tip-based (except for daytime, alcohol-free restaurant) No…

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The Truth About Marijuana

In spite of recent shifts in popular opinion about marijuana in the U.S., the fact remains that regular marijuana use is harmful, especially to young people. Myths that users say (and believe) about the drug: “Marijuana is my medicine.” “It helps my anxiety.” “It helps me with my ADD.” “It’s not addicting.” “It’s not a gateway…

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Over Time Marijuana Dampens Brain Response to Reward

A compelling article, further debunking the myth that marijuana is a safe drug. Please enjoy and share this important article from Kara Gavin at University of Michigan Health Lab: “A long-term study of young marijuana users shows measurable changes in the brain’s reward system, shifts that may put them at risk for addiction.” Most people would…

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Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis When a substance use disorder and mental health problem are happening at the same time, it is referred to as “dual-disorder” or “dual-diagnosis.” This describes about 50% of people who present for treatment services. Common examples include alcohol use with clinical depression, stimulant use with bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder with sedative use. At…

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Choose engagement over everything else

John Harden – Sadly, addiction treatment clients who are involved in a traditional program may feel that it is just another form of punishment, not treatment at all. Treatment centers often reinforce that idea through “clinical over-reach,” insisting on highly restrictive care in practically all cases. However, NIDA estimates that 95% of treatment-seekers are clinically appropriate for…